Bylaws of Language and Social Interaction
(Last Revised June, 2012)
ARTICLE I: Objectives
The objectives of the Language and Social Interaction Group are to:
1. provide a forum for research, colloquy and papers about language and
social interaction. In particular we seek to provide an arena where scholars
with different methodological and substantive approaches can engage with,
and challenge, each other. These approaches would include conversation
analysis, discourse analysis, discourse processing, ethnography of speaking,
linguistics, semiotics, social psychology of language, sociolinguistics, and
all other approaches, currently existing or to be developed, that have a
central concern with language and social interaction;
2. relate research on language and social interaction to current societal problems;
3. encourage the dissemination of ideas about language and social interaction
to professional colleagues in related fields;
4. further develop the teaching of language and social interaction issues and
topics as a substantive area of study within the discipline of communication.
ARTICLE II: Membership
Section 1. Any Active Member of the International Communication Association
who expresses interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Division
is eligible for Active Membership.
Section 2. Any Affiliate Member of the International Communication Association
who expresses interest in, and subscribes to, the purposes of the Division is
eligible for Affiliate Membership. Affiliate Members are not eligible to vote or hold office.
ARTICLE III: Officers, Nominations, Elections
Section 1. Officers of the Division include a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson,
and a Secretary. The Vice-Chairperson and the secretary shall be elected in
alternate years, each for a two year term. The Vice-Chairperson shall be elected
in odd numbered years and automatically succeeds the chairperson for a two-year
term. No officers may immediately succeed themselves in office. Nonmembers of
the Division may not hold office.
Section 2. In addition to a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary, the
Division will elect whatever other officers its membership deems necessary and desirable.
Section 3. Nominations for offices shall be solicited from the Active Members of
the Division by a committee headed by the Vice-Chair. The names of at least
two nominees who have given their consent must appear on the ballot for each vacant office.
Section 4. The election of any officer shall be by vote of only the Active Members
of the Division.
Section 5. Elections shall be by electronic vote on a ballot that is incorporated with the
ballot of election of officers of the International Communication Association. Such
ballots shall be processed and counted, and the results reported according to
the procedures employed for election of officers of the International Communication
Section 6. Unusual vacancies shall be filled by appointment of an Active Member
of the Division by the President of the International Communication Association.
If the unexpired term is for a period of more than six months the Division may
initiate through its regular channels a special ballot for the election of an Active
Member of the Division to fill the unexpired term.
Section 7. Duties of Officers.
(a) The Chairperson shall preside at all Division Business meetings. The
chairperson also shall create and appoint such temporary committees as
deemed necessary; prepare and submit the Division budget to the Executive
committee; represent the Division and provide necessary Division reports at
Association Board of Directors Executive committee and business meetings;
administer the Outstanding Student Research Award and make the presentation
at the annual Division business meeting; and appoint editors for the Division
newsletter. In addition, the Chairperson shall oversee the convention program
planning during his/her first year as chairperson.
(b) The Vice-Chairperson shall oversee the convention planning during his/her
second year as vice chair and will be a competitive paper/panel reader during
the first year. In addition the Vice-Chair shall assist the Chairperson in administering
Division business meetings, and assume the duties of chairperson in the event
of the latter's absence, disability, or request.
(c) The secretary shall maintain, distribute and obtain Division approval of minutes
for Division business meetings.
Section 8. Any elected officer may be removed from office by the following procedures:
at least one-third of the listed members of the Division must sign a petition to the Executive
Secretary of the International Communication Association requesting a special election,
and including nominations for the office in question. The Executive Secretary arranges
an extraordinary election within sixty days at the expense of the Division, with the
challenged officer on the ballot, the result of the election becomes valid immediately.
ARTICLE IV: Committees
Section l. The Chairperson is empowered to establish and appoint members of
ad hoc committees to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Division.
Section 2. When requested by the President of the International Communication
Association, the Division chairperson is empowered to recommend members of
the Division to serve on designated Ad Hoc Association committees.
Section 3. The term of office of any appointed committee member shall not
exceed the term of the appointing officer, except in the case of standing committees.
ARTICLE V: Dues
Section 1. The Division officers may propose to the members an annual dues
charge for the various classes of membership. If approved by the Board of
Directors of the Association, this charge shall be adopted by the affirmative
vote or two-thirds of the responding Active Members of the Division voting
on a mail ballot. Nonpayment of such Division dues shall be a basis for termination
of Membership in the Division but shall not affect the individual's standing
as a member of the Association.
Section 2. In the event the Division is dissolved, the elected officers shall
transfer the net assets of the Division to the Board of Directors of the
Association to be used for the work of the Association.
ARTICLE VI: Meetings and Reports
Section l. An annual business meeting of the Division shall be held at the
time and place of the annual conference of the Association. Those attending
the annual Division business meeting shall constitute a quorum of the members
unless a mail ballot is required by ICA Bylaws.
Section 2. Activity reports of officers and committees of the Division shall be
received at the annual Business Meeting, and action recommendations shall
be presented for a vote.
Section 3. The secretary shall prepare a written report of the Annual Business
Meeting for transmission to the Board of Directors of the Association and
shall make copies available to members of the Division.
Section 4. The Division may plan and hold professional meetings at the
time of the annual conference, under the general coordination of the
President-Elect of the Association.
Section 5. The Division may plan and hold local or regional programs and
meetings on its own initiative, upon notification of the Board of Directors
of the Association.
Section 6. At annual meetings, the passage of resolutions will not require
a vote of the membership at large except for those motion types that have
been specifically designated otherwise (i.e. election of officers, dues,
Section 7. The Division shall support the creation and maintenance of a
Newsletter to be published and disseminated to members. Editor(s) for
the Newsletter will be supported by the Division budget, institutional
contributions, donations, and/or advertising. If necessary upon membership
approval, a nominal contribution by Division members will be used to
support the Newsletter. Contributions will be determined by procedures
outlined in Article V of the Division Bylaws.
ARTICLE VII: Amendments and Restrictions
Section l. Amendment to, or other changes in, these Bylaws may be initiated
in the following ways:
(a) The Chairperson may appoint a committee to consider revising
the Bylaws in general or in particular, and subsequently submit to
the membership of the Division the committee report,
(b) Twenty-five Active members may submit to the Board of Directors
a proposed amendment or amendments in writing and signed
by the sponsors and
(c) The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary may
formulate proposals for amendments of these Bylaws and submit
them, with any arguments, to the Active Membership for vote.
Amendments receiving a two-thirds vote at the annual business
meeting shall be considered formally by the Active Members of
Section 2. Amendments or revisions to this document may be
considered formally by the Active Members of the Association
as follows: The Executive Secretary of the Association shall send
the proposed changes with explanations and arguments, a ballot,
and a request for a mail vote to the Active Members. No sooner
than 30 days, not later than 45 days after mailing the proposal,
the Executive Secretary shall request the Tellers committee to
count the votes. An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds shall
be required for acceptance of the amendment(s).
Section 3. These Division Bylaws may not conflict with the Bylaws
of the Association; the latter take precedence and power for
determining conflict rests with the Board of Directors of the Association.
ARTICLE VII: Parliamentary Authority
In absence of any provisions to the contrary in these bylaws, all
business meetings of the Division shall be governed by the
parliamentary rules and usages contained in the Roberts'
Rules of Order, Revised.
ARTICLE IX: Outstanding Student Research Award
Each year an award will be presented at the Division business
meeting to the highest ranked competitive paper authored
solely by a student(s).
ARTICLE X: Award for Intellectual Contribution
Each year the Division will present a panel honoring and highlighting
the research of a scholar who has made an outstanding intellectual
contribution to the study of language and social interaction. Nominations
for the award will be made and voted upon at the prior year's annual
Division business meeting.
Division History and Officers (updated yearly)
"The LSI division of ICA was created out of whole cloth, in part because the NCA [National Communication Association] crowd had no obvious home in ICA, and many of the same scholars attended both conferences regularly [...]. Robert Hopper was one of the organizers who spent time getting friends, colleagues, and former students to sign a petition requesting that a new interest group be developed in 1993. [...] Hopper's reward for his efforts was to be elected the first Chair [1992-1993]. In 1995, the group had grown enough to be named a division."
(from Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, The Social History of Language and Social Interaction Research, 2010, pp. 21-22)